You are here:

Research

 

The research of the Institute includes themes from General Radiology and Medical Physics in Veterinary Medicine. There are three main areas:

 

Use and Optimisation of Imaging Methods in Veterinary Medicine

Research projects are carried out in close cooperation with the clinics (e.g. Small Animal Clinic; Clinic for Horses; Clinic for Pets, Reptiles, Pet and Feral Birds; Clinic for Small Ruminants, Clinic for Cattle). They occur in the areas of imaging with ionising radiation (Digital Radiography, Computer Tomography (CT), Micro-CT), Magnetic Resonance Tomography (MRT), including functional MRT and Passive Infrared Tomography (IRT). The aim of this research is, as a rule, to answer the question

  • whether an imaging method is principally suited for using for clinical issues or
  • whether an imaging method can be used for a specific indication in routine clinical practice or
  • the extent to which an imaging method which is already used in routine clinical practice can be optimised (e.g. regarding the image quality).

 

Use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in Veterinary Medical Issues

In order to understand fundamental physical processes within living creatures, within the scope of interdisciplinary research projects mechanical, thermal and electrical processes in animals are simulated with the aid of FEA in computers. The research projects are often carried out in close cooperation with other institutes of the TiHo (University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover) (e.g. Institute for Anatomy, Clinic for Small Ruminants, Department for Fish Diseases and Fish Farming). They concern, above all, simulations

  • of mechanical stress and deformations in the equine jaw during chewing,
  • heat dispersion and distribution in equine teeth during dental treatment,
  • animal welfare-friendly stunning and killing of fish (e.g. simulation of current density distribution in the brain during electrical stunning),
  • animal welfare-friendly stunning and killing of piglets (e.g. simulation of current density distribution in the brain and heart when using electrical current).

 Alongside a better understanding of physiological and pathological processes in animals the simulations also lead to a limitation in the variation of relevant parameters in animal experiments and thereby to a reduction in the number of animal experiments.

 

Research in the Areas of Radiation Protection and Dosimetry of Ionising Radiation

Through the increasing application of imaging methods with ionising radiation in veterinary medicine on the one hand, and the continuing tendency of a lowering of the dose limits for persons exposed to radiation at work on the other hand, the following questions arise in view of radiation protection and dosimetry of ionising radiation. Research projects are frequently carried out in close cooperation with the clinics (e.g. Small Animal Clinic; Clinic for Horses; Clinic for Pets, Reptiles, Pet and Feral Birds). They occur above all in the areas

  • Radiation exposure of personnel in radiology and those accompanying animals during radiological investigations and
  • Optimisation of physical-technical parameters in the evaluation of dosimeters (e.g. thermoluminescent dosimeter).

The aims of this research are, as a rule, the evaluation and improvement of the radiation protection situation when using imaging methods (e.g. with x-rays).

 

 

The research projects of the Institute often include the development and/or use of electronic measuring technology (e.g. sensors and signal amplifiers).
_________________________________________________________________ 

Current Research Projects

You can find an overview of our current research projects here.

This page...